How Rihanna’s tweet infuriated the Indians

Lahore, 4th February: US pop star Rihanna shared a message on her Twitter account on Wednesday supporting the farmers in India who are protesting for the last two months.

Baaghi TV: A single tweet from the American icon angered not only the Indian government but the supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi including showbiz personalities too.

On 2nd February, Rihanna shared a news article from CNN in her tweet drawing attention to the massive farmer protests that have gripped India for more than two months now.

Following this, India’s senior government ministers, celebrities and even the foreign ministry are urging people to come together and condemn outsiders who try to break the country.

As per reports, India’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, without naming Rihanna and others who followed her suit, “It is unfortunate to see vested interest groups trying to enforce their agenda on these protests, and derail them.”

As per earlier reports of Baaghi TV, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg and the niece of US Vice President Kamala Harris, Meena Harris, were among others who tweeted their support, and a social media uproar soon followed.

International outpour after Rihanna’s tweet

Many of the Bollywood celebrities and sports stars who were silent on the farmer protests and are known to toe the government’s line, tweeted in one voice.

They used hashtags #IndiaAgainstPropaganda and #IndiaTogether and asked people outside India not to interfere with their country’s affairs.

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar expressed his feelings on his Twitter handle:

He said, “India’s sovereignty cannot be compromised. External forces can be spectators but not participants. Indians know India and should decide for India. Let’s remain united as a nation.”

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli followed suit calling for unity in this hour of disagreements.

Head coach Ravi Shastri also offered his piece of advice saying, “Agriculture is a very important part of the machinery of the Indian economic system. Farmers are the backbone of any country’s ecosystem. This is an internal matter which I’m sure will be resolved through dialogue.”

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, a staunch Modi supporter, called the protesting farmers terrorists and Rihanna a fool.

Ms Ranuat attacked the US pop star saying, “She hasn’t released a single song in 5 years, sells makeup but looks like she is feeling Corona blues, Forbes estimated incomes are just PR gimmicks big sham, a million or two won’t hurt her right now, also notice in her tweet she did not commit to any opinion just a vague tweet.”

Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and director Karan Johar joined the war against the foreigners.

However, India’s opposition leaders rallied against the government’s move.

On the other hand, leader of the opposition Congress party Shashi Tharoor said the damage done to India’s global image by the government’s undemocratic behaviour could not be restored by making celebrities tweet.

Tharoor also pointed out in his tweet that the Indian government getting Indian celebrities to react to Western ones is embarrassing.

India’s former finance minister P. Chidambaram lashed out at India’s foreign ministry and called its statement a “puerile reaction”.

In a series of his tweets Chidambaram wrote,  “It is good that Rihanna and Greta Thunberg can wake up the MEA. Come on MEA, when will you realize that people concerned with issues of human rights and livelihoods do not recognize national boundaries?”

It is to be noted that tens of thousands of farmers have been camping at the outskirts of the Indian capital New Delhi to protest against new agricultural laws which they say will leave them poorer.

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